14 days in France Itinerary

14 days in France Itinerary

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Reims
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Laon
— 1 night
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Amiens
— 1 night
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Beauvais
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Gisors
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Lyons-la-Foret
— 1 night
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Martainville-Epreville
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Rouen
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Saint-Maurice-d’Etelan
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Victot-Pontfol
— 1 night
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Caen
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Bayeux
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Falaise
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
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Combourg
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Chateaubriant
— 1 night
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Angers
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Maze-Milon
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Montsoreau
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Descartes
— 1 night
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Lemere
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Chinon
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Azay-le-Rideau
— 1 night
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Cere La Ronde
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Fougeres-sur-Bievre
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Cheverny
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Tour-en-Sologne
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Chemery
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Meung-sur-Loire
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Orleans
— 1 night
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Saint-Fargeau
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Chartres
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Maintenon
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Giverny
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Reims

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cryptoportique as well as Basilique Saint-Remi.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Reims planner.

Roissy-en-France to Reims is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Roissy-en-France in September, plan for little chillier nights in Reims, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Laon.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites

Laon

— 1 night
Laon is the capital city of the Aisne department in Hauts-de-France, northern France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Pierrefonds, Noyon Cathedral and Library and Chapelle des Templiers. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Porte d'Ardon, don't miss a visit to Porte de Soissons, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ensemble abbatial Saint-Martin, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chapelle des Templiers.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Laon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Reims to Laon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

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Historic Sites

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Amiens

— 1 night

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise as well as Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens. On the 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then pause for some photo ops at Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Amiens road trip planning app.

Drive from Laon to Amiens in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Beauvais.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Historic Sites

Beauvais

Beauvais archaic English: Beawayes, Beeway, Boway, is a city and commune in northern France. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Etienne.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Beauvais visit planner.

You can drive from Amiens to Beauvais in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Gisors.

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Gisors

Gisors is a commune of Normandy, France. Chateau Fort de Gisors has been added to your itinerary. On the 9th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort de Gisors.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Gisors trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Beauvais to Gisors takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lyons-la-Foret.

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Lyons-la-Foret

— 1 night
Lyons-la-Forêt is a commune in the Eure department in Haute Normandie in north-western France.Because of its architecture which has been maintained as it was at the beginning of the 17th century, it is also a well-known landmark within the very distinct geophysical and geocultural entity that is the end of Vexin normand and the forest of Lyons around the town is the border with Pays de Bray known for its traditional bocage landscape of woods, orchards and cattle economy.GeographyLyons-la-Forêt is located 34km from Rouen and 28km from Gisors. You've now added Chateau de Fleury la Foret to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Fleury la Foret.

You can plan Lyons-la-Foret trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Gisors to Lyons-la-Foret takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Martainville-Epreville.

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Martainville-Epreville

Martainville-Épreville is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in north-western France.GeographyA farming village, with some associated light industry, situated some 12mi east of Rouen at the junction of the D 85, D 13 and the N 31 (former N 30) roads.Places of interest The fifteenth-century castle, with its dovecote, gardens and a museum. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Martainville-Epreville.

To find out how to plan a trip to Martainville-Epreville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Martainville-Epreville is just a short distance from Lyons-la-Foret. In September in Martainville-Epreville, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Rouen.

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Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then steep yourself in history at Gros-Horloge, then admire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, and finally identify plant and animal life at Caresse de Tigre.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen online tour planner.

Rouen is just a short distance from Martainville-Epreville. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saint-Maurice-d’Etelan.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Saint-Maurice-d’Etelan

You've now added Chateau d'Etelan to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll around Chateau d'Etelan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Maurice-d’Etelan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Saint-Maurice-d’Etelan takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Victot-Pontfol.

Things to do in Saint-Maurice-d’Etelan

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Victot-Pontfol

— 1 night
To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Victot-Pontfol trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Saint-Maurice-d’Etelan to Victot-Pontfol by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Caen.

Things to do in Victot-Pontfol

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Caen

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Abbaye aux Hommes has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Hommes.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Caen road trip planner.

You can drive from Victot-Pontfol to Caen in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bayeux.

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux journey builder app.

Bayeux is just a stone's throw from Caen. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Falaise.

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Falaise

Falaise is a town (population 9,000) on the Ante River in the French region of Lower Normandy, famous as the birthplace of William the Conquerer and the scene of the fierce fighting of August 1944 associated with the Allied "breakout" from the "Falaise pocket" that built up after the D-Day landings, to drive towards Paris during the Western campaign against the German occupation.

In August 1944, two German armies were encircled and destroyed by the British 2nd Army in their attempt to breakout of the "Falaise pocket" (also known as the "Falaise gap").
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau of Carrouges as well as Château d'Ô. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, then step into the grandiose world of Château d'Ô, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau of Carrouges.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Falaise trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Falaise by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. September in Falaise sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Falaise

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Mont Saint-Michel has been added to your itinerary.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel travel route builder app.

Getting from Falaise to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Combourg.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Combourg

Combourg is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France.PopulationInhabitants of Combourg are called Combourgeois and, more rarely Combournais, in French.HistoryThe town is part of the Patrimoine Urbain de Bretagne and labelled as one of Les Petites Cités de Caractère. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Chateau de Combourg.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Combourg trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Combourg takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Combourg are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chateaubriant.

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Chateaubriant

— 1 night
Châteaubriant is a town in western France, about 350km southwest of Paris, and one of the three sous-préfectures of the Loire-Atlantique department. You've now added Chateau de Chateaubriant to your itinerary. On the 12th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chateaubriant.

Before you visit Chateaubriant, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Combourg to Chateaubriant by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Chateaubriant can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Angers.

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Angers

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Serrant, Terra Botanica and Chateau du Plessis-Bourre. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Chateau de Serrant, then find something for the whole family at Terra Botanica, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Plessis-Bourre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Angers trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Chateaubriant to Angers in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Angers can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Maze-Milon.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Maze-Milon

Mazé-Milon is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department of western France. Chateau de Montgeoffroy has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Montgeoffroy.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Maze-Milon trip itinerary planning app.

Maze-Milon is very close to Angers. In September, daytime highs in Maze-Milon are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Montsoreau.

Things to do in Maze-Milon

Historic Sites
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Montsoreau

Montsoreau is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France.The Château de Montsoreau is located in the commune. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Montsoreau trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Maze-Milon to Montsoreau in an hour. In September in Montsoreau, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll set off for Descartes on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Montsoreau

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Descartes

— 1 night
For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Descartes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montsoreau to Descartes takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for Lemere.

Things to do in Descartes

Historic Sites · Museums

Lemere

You've now added Chateau du Rivau to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau du Rivau.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lemere vacation planner.

Getting from Descartes to Lemere by car takes about an hour. In September in Lemere, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chinon.

Things to do in Lemere

Parks · Historic Sites
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Chinon

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): test your team's savvy at Forteresse royale de Chinon.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Chinon online travel route planner.

Chinon is just a short distance from Lemere. September in Chinon sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

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Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Azay-le-Rideau

— 1 night
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
You've now added Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Azay-le-Rideau tour itinerary planner.

Azay-le-Rideau is very close to Chinon. In September in Azay-le-Rideau, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cere La Ronde.

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Cere La Ronde

chateau Montpoupon has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of chateau Montpoupon.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cere La Ronde trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Azay-le-Rideau to Cere La Ronde takes an hour. Traveling from Azay-le-Rideau in September, Cere La Ronde is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Fougeres-sur-Bievre.

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Fougeres-sur-Bievre

Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fougeres-sur-Bievre trip builder.

Fougeres-sur-Bievre is very close to Cere La Ronde. In September, daytime highs in Fougeres-sur-Bievre are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cheverny.

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Cheverny

Cheverny is a commune in the French department of Loir-et-Cher.It lies in the Loire Valley, about 10km southeast of Blois.SightsThe commune is the site of the Château de Cheverny. Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Troussay. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Troussay.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cheverny trip builder.

Cheverny is just a stone's throw from Fougeres-sur-Bievre. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tour-en-Sologne.

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Tour-en-Sologne

Your day by day itinerary now includes Chateau de Villesavin. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Villesavin.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tour-en-Sologne trip planning site.

Tour-en-Sologne is very close to Cheverny. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Chemery.

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Chemery

— 2 nights
To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chemery trip maker tool.

Chemery is just a stone's throw from Tour-en-Sologne. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Meung-sur-Loire.

Things to do in Chemery

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Meung-sur-Loire

Meung-sur-Loire is a commune in the Loiret department in north-central France.It was the site of the Battle of Meung-sur-Loire in 1429.GeographyMeung-sur-Loire lies 15 km to the west of Orleans on the north bank of the River Loire at the confluence with the River Mauves. On the 17th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beaugency, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Meung sur Loire, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Collegiale Saint-Liphard.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Meung-sur-Loire online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Chemery to Meung-sur-Loire in an hour. September in Meung-sur-Loire sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Orleans.

Things to do in Meung-sur-Loire

Historic Sites

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Orleans

— 1 night
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Hotel Groslot.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Orleans trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Meung-sur-Loire to Orleans takes an hour. September in Orleans sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Saint-Fargeau.

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Saint-Fargeau

On the 18th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Saint-Fargeau.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Fargeau online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Orleans to Saint-Fargeau takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Fargeau can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Chartres.

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Chartres

— 1 night
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chartres en Lumieres as well as La Maison Picassiette. On the 18th (Wed), steep yourself in history at La Maison Picassiette and then add some entertainment to your itinerary with Chartres en Lumieres.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chartres tour planning website.

Drive from Saint-Fargeau to Chartres in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Chartres are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Maintenon.

Things to do in Chartres

Nightlife · Historic Sites

Maintenon

Maintenon is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. You've now added Chateau de Maintenon to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Maintenon.

Discover how to plan a Maintenon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Maintenon is very close to Chartres. In September, daily temperatures in Maintenon can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Giverny.

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Giverny

Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Giverny day trip planning tool.

Drive from Maintenon to Giverny in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Giverny can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

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France travel guide

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France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.